Marsai Martin Is a 15-Year-Old 'Black-ish' Star — What Is Known about the Promising Actress

Oyin Balogun
Jul 10, 2020
08:30 A.M.

Actress and producer, Marsai Martin has come a long way since her first appearance in the ABC comedy series, "Black-Ish." Although many have come to see her as the young, cynical daughter of Bow and Dre, there is more to her personality and picture-perfect life than meets the eye.


At fifteen, "Black-Ish" star, Caila Marsai Martin, has achieved a feat many only ever dreamt of. Joining the entertainment industry in 2014 with a role in the comedy-drama, the teenager easily won hearts, setting her up as one of Hollywood's most celebrated icons.

Marsai Martin on the set of "Black-ish's" "Is It Desert or Dessert" episode on March 08, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Marsai Martin on the set of "Black-ish's" "Is It Desert or Dessert" episode on March 08, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


"Black-Ish" follows the life of a high-class, black-American family living in a white neighborhood. It is notably the first of Marsai Martin's television films. The youngster starred as Diane, one of Andre and Rainbow Jonhson's entitled children in the movie.

In January 2020, Marsai made the 30 under 30 Forbes list in the Hollywood and Entertainment Category. She was notably the youngest mention in the category.

Her role as Diane Johnson earned her several awards and nominations, including the NAACP Image Awards, Young Artist Awards, and the Kidscreen Awards.


Today, she is famed for being the youngest executive producer in Holywood's history, following her production of the 2019 comedy, "Little," which she also starred in.

Her achievements so far can fill up the pages of a book when listed, as well as what the world has to say about her stunning personality, but what is known about the life of this promising young actress before her rise to fame?



Born on August 14, 2004, the actress spent her early years in Little Elm, Texas. She ventured into the entertainment world at a young age. At the age of five, the legendary producer did her first national commercial for Choice Hotels, marking her first acting gig.

Joshua Martin, Martin Marsai's father, along with her mom, Carol Martin, played a huge part in facilitating her big-screen successes. When Marsai was nine, her family moved to Los Angeles, where they reside to date. The move was to enable the young star pursue her acting career.



The icon's first run-in with stardom came when a five-year-old Marsai impressed the photographers during a photoshoot. The photographers offered her parents a discount on the shots if they agreed to show the pictures to talent agencies.

Marsai Martin's parents took the offer and sent out the photos to four agencies. One of them granted the little girl an interview, and she won them over instantly, and the agency signed her.


Not long after getting signed, Marsai landed her advertisement gig with Choice. In 2013, barely three months after the Martins relocated to LA, the star snagged a role in "Black-ish."

She has since starred in "Little," "Nina," "An American Girl Story- Melody 1963: Love Has To Win," "Lemonade Mafia," "Fun Mom Dinner," and "Amari And The Night Brothers."



The young actress pitched the idea for the 2019 production, "Little." The movie, which was reportedly inspired by the '90s movie, "Big," featured Regina Hall as a successful CEO, Jordan, who mysteriously turns into her 13-year-old self, Marsai.

She worked alongside Kenya Barris as the movie's executive producer, thus becoming the youngest person ever to produce a movie. She was only thirteen at the time.


Marsai runs a production company, Genius Productions, alongside her parents. Following the teenager's success with "Little," Universal Pictures signed a first-look deal with Genius Productions.


In January 2020, Marsai made the 30 under 30 Forbes list in the Hollywood and Entertainment Category. She was notably the youngest mention in the category.

Having achieved a lot at such a young age, Marsai has her whole life ahead of her to achieve greater feats. Gladly, she has her parents' support to guide her through every step of the way.

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